Governance & Workplace Issues | Women in the Boardroom

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Governance & Workplace Issues

While the #MeToo movement was born only within the past decade, workplace issues have likely existed since employment began.  However, it is more recent that, when some scandal or other bad publicity erupts involving the workplace, the immediate question is, “Where was the board?”  And since it has been well recognized that a company’s reputation and brand may be its most valuable assets – which do not appear on the balance sheet – boards have increasingly become involved in the oversight of reputational risk, which should include potential workplace issues. 

Our panel of experts will discuss how board members can exercise effective oversight of potential workplace issues:  their prevention, identification, and – when necessary – the appropriate response. While reports of sexual harassment garner the most headlines, workplace issues also include safety, employment discrimination, wage fairness and other concerns.  The program will also include how the company’s culture – another important concern of boards – may be related to workplace issues.


Howard Brod Brownstein, Susan M. Angele, Davia Temin

Date & Time

May 21, 2020
12:00 PM ET


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About The Speakers

Howard Brod Brownstein

President of Brownstein Corporation

Howard Brod Brownstein, CTP, is a nationally-known turnaround and restructuring professional, and regularly provides programs for Women in the Boardroom. He is President of Brownstein Corporation, which provides turnaround management and advisory services, as well as investment banking, fiduciary services, litigation consulting, investigations and valuation services. He regularly serves on the boards of directors of public and private companies, and currently serves on the boards of: P&F Industries (Nasdaq: PFIN) where he chairs the Nominating/Governance and Strategic Planning & Risk Assessment Committees, Renew Financial, where he serves as chair of the Risk Committee, and Merakey, a nonprofit with over 10,000 employees. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional, and also an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Immediate Past President and Board Chair of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter. He has authored ninety articles and textbook chapters, is a Contributing Editor at two publications, and is a regular guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU and elsewhere. He received JD and MBA degrees at Harvard, and B.S. (Wharton) and B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Susan M. Angele

Senior Advisor, Board Governance, KPMG's Board Leadership Center

Susan Angele is a Senior Advisor at KPMG’s Board Leadership Center, which provides a powerful combination of resources and insight to help boards deepen their engagement on the critical issues shaping boardroom agendas and discussions.  She is a frequent writer and speaker on board governance topics, including strategy, risk, culture, the corporation’s role in society, and board composition and effectiveness. Susan is a lawyer and former Fortune 500 executive, with 25+ years in the consumer products industry, including roles as Vice President, Global Deputy General Counsel, and Chief Governance Officer at The Hershey Company, and Chief Counsel, US Snacks at Mondelez (then a $5 billion division of Kraft/Nabisco), where she provided strategic advice through a legal lens and led initiatives that protected value and enabled sustainable, global growth of some of the world’s most famous and best-loved brands. 

Susan is a member of Women Corporate Directors and has chaired WCD Thought Leadership Commissions on topics including visionary boards, board decision-making, and the recent “Diversity in the Boardroom: Pushing Forward and Reaching Back. She is a champion of board diversity, and on behalf of KPMG serves as a member of the Equilar Diversity Network, and drives KPMG’s strategic and educational support of LCDA (Latino Corporate Directors Association), Ascend/Pinnacle, Quorum, and the Hispanic IT Executive Council’s initiatives for aspiring board members, among others. 

She has served on the board of numerous nonprofits, including the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the umbrella organization for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) system. She currently serves on the boards of the Institute for Mindful Leadership and The Latino Corporate Directors Education Foundation (LCDEF). She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Davia Temin

President and Chief Executive Officer, Temin and Company

As President and CEO of Temin and Company – a boutique management consultancy that helps corporations and organizations create, enhance and save their reputations and coaches board directors and C-Suite executives – Davia Temin works with some of the most talented and impactful leaders in the world, helping them to refine and strengthen their vision, voice and market position in times of crisis and opportunity. 

Temin and Company specializes in crisis, reputation, and culture management, and corporate governance for global companies, professional services firms, foundations, colleges and universities, and governments.  Davia serves as a spokesman during crises, strategist, and leadership and communications coach at the board, CEO and executive committee levels.

Temin and Company works with clients to create brand-distinguishing thought leadership and best practices in governance and corporate leadership, as well as to promote women’s leadership, provide socially responsible marketing, media and social media strategy and execution, and create cultures supportive of gender equity. 

Davia is a frequent speaker around the world on crisis, reputation, and culture management, leadership, corporate governance, women’s leadership, resilience and what boards and leaders need to know about media, social media and artificial intelligence.  A nationally recognized writer, commentator and expert in her fields, she has appeared on CBS, CNN, NBC, Bloomberg, PBS, ABC, and in The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications and networks around the world.                                                                                     

Prior to founding the firm 22 years ago with the backing of GE, Davia headed Corporate Marketing for GE Capital, Schroders, Scudder, Citi Investment Bank and Columbia Business School.  An Honors graduate of Swarthmore College, she serves on their Board. For nine years she served as First Vice Chair of the Board of Girl Scouts of the USA and Chair of their National Fund Development Committee – originating their $1 billion campaign for girls, the largest fundraising campaign for girls in the world.  She is Chair the of Board of Video Volunteers, an India-based investigative media nonprofit, and sits on the Boards or Advisory Boards of ProPublica, The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship, Committee for Economic Development, Harvard Women’s Leadership Board, WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD), Girl Scouts of Greater New York, WCD New York Leadership Council, and Predmore Holdings.  She is a member of Columbia’s Women Creating Change Leadership Council, and also serves as an advisor to AI startups and

In 2018, Davia was named an Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women magazine.  She was honored by the National Organization for Women, accepting their 2017 Woman of Power & Influence Award for forging new paths for the next generation of women leaders.  She received the Lifetime Achievement Award by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World and was named a “Top Thought Leader in Trust.” She was awarded The Girl Scouts Pinnacle Award for Leadership in 2015 – their highest honor.  In 2014, Davia was chosen as a Delegate by the U.S. State Department to the Global Entrepreneurship Program in Greece. She has also been honored as one of the “30 Outstanding Women” in the world by the National Council for Research on Women; and named by Girl Scouts as a Woman of Distinction.  Profiled in many business and leadership books – most recently Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works and Stiletto Network – she writes the “Reputation Matters” column for, is a contributor to Huffington Post, American Banker, Directors & Boards,Corporate Board Member, and Chief Executive Magazine and has written chapters on “Rebuilding Trust in the Financial Markets” for the book Trust, Inc., and on crisis leadership for Women on Board – Insider Secrets to Getting on a Board and Succeeding as a Director.

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